Immediately before the start of the Olympic Games, one team withdrew as one.
But a day later they suddenly withdrew.
Tokyo - Just two days before the opening ceremony * and the official start of the Olympic Games, a nation caused a sensation.
Guinea only canceled its participation on Wednesday evening, the Ministry of Sports announced.
However, just one day after the Olympics were canceled, the West Africans surprisingly rowed back.
Olympia 2021: Guinea's sports minister cancels participation - one day later he rowed back
With only five athletes, Guinea now wants to take part in the games in Tokyo.
Sports Minister Sanoussy Bantama Sow announced this on Thursday.
According to those responsible, the reason for the short-term cancellation is the increased corona risk in the Japanese capital *.
In view of the pandemic, there is currently an emergency in the prefecture.
Now they have apparently reached an agreement with the organizers.
"The government has received guarantees from the health authorities and is now giving their approval for the participation of the athletes," according to a statement by the Ministry of Sports.
Just one day before the withdrawal from the retreat, Sow had expressed great concern for the health of the athletes in a letter from the Guinean Olympic Committee.
On Wednesday he argued that they would not compete "due to the resurgence of COVID-19 variants".
Olympia 2021: Doubts about reasons for Olympic withdrawal - five athletes are competing
It is questionable, however, whether the reasons given by the ministry were actually the real trigger for the original rejection.
As a source close to the Guinean government reported to the AFP news agency, financial problems in the country with a population of 12.7 million were the background to the cancellation.
National media reports from the West African state are already suspecting premiums that have not been paid.
In eleven participations in the Olympic Games *, Guinea has not yet won a medal.
In Tokyo, wrestler Fatoumata Yarie Camara, judoka Mamadou Samba Bah, swimmers Fatoumata Lamarana Toure and Mamadou Tahirou Bah and athlete * Aissata Deen Conte want to change this.
However, if he refused, Guinea would not be the first country to stay away from the Summer Olympics in Japan. More than three months before the start of the major event, North Korea announced that it would not send its athletes to Tokyo. The reason for this is apparently the protection against the corona virus.
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